Lottery winner

A Cedar Rapids man has claimed a $2 million Powerball prize.

Sixty-three year old Karl Krumbholz of Cedar Rapids bought his ticket Monday in North Liberty.   He told lottery officials today (Friday), "My mom died a year and a half ago, and now the Cubs have won the World Series, and now I've won the lottery!"  

When asked if he thought his mother was pulling strings from "up above" to send some luck his way, he said "it's a nice thought."

He says he plans to use some of the money to pay off his mortgage, and save the rest for retirement.

Krumbholz works in information-technology for University of Iowa Hospitals in North Liberty.  He bought his winning ticket Monday at Smokin’ Joe’s tobacco shop, in North Liberty.   The shop will receive a $2,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Wednesday’s winning numbers were: 16-30-41-48-53 and Powerball 16. No one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $141 million annuity ($83.3 million cash option) for Saturday.

Krumbholz is North Liberty’s second big winner in the past six months. In October, a Coralville man won a $1 million Powerball prize with a ticket he purchased at a North Liberty convenience store. 

 Still another big Powerball prize in eastern Iowa remains unclaimed. That $2 million prize was won with a ticket purchased at a Cedar Rapids convenience store for the July 16th Powerball drawing